FY 2016 Federal Education Budget Increases by 2%
The 2016 federal education budget represents a $1.2 billion increase over last year. The funding has already started to be distributed to States and school districts in July 2016 in order for them to prepare for the 2016-17 school year.
Although the Every Student Succeeds Act was just signed into law, the FY 2016 budget still reflects the previous authorization. For example, ESSA eliminates the School Improvement Grant program with its prescribed federal turnaround models. But the 2016 federal budget still funds SIG, albeit with an 11% cut.
ESSA’s new $1.6 billion consolidated program for well-rounded education and technology does not appear in the FY 2016 budget. You can expect it for the 2017-18 school year when ESSA is fully implemented.
Most of the 2016 increases fall under the Title I and IDEA programs. In 2015, Title I received only a 0.1% increase of $25 million, so the 2016 increase of $500 million is a welcome relief for schools serving struggling students.
The table below outlines how major federal programs fared in the new education budget:
|Major Federal Program||Change||Change over 2015-16 school year|
|Title I||+3.4%||$500M increase. Now funded at $14.9 billion|
|Title II||Level||Funded at $2.3 billion|
|Title III||Level||Funded at $737 million|
|Striving Readers||+18.7%||Increase of $30M. Now $190M|
|School Improvement Grant||-11%||Cut $55M. Now $450 million|
|Special Education (IDEA)||+3.6%||$415M increase. Now funded at $11.9 billion|
|Investing in Innovation||Level||Funded at $120 million|
|Charter Schools Grant||+31.6%||$80M increase. Now funded at $333 million|
|Head Start||+6%||$570M increase. Now funded at $9.1 billion|
|Career and Tech – Perkins||Level||Funded at $1.1 billion|
|21st Century CLC||+1.3%||Increase of $15M. Now $1.1 billion|
|Preschool Development Grant||Level||Funded at $250 million|